Days 1-4 Tokyo
From its spectacular Imperial Palace and ornate pagodas to quirky shopping malls, spotless streets and delectable dishes, Tokyo is an engrossing destination for adults and youngsters alike. Take part in a calligraphy lesson, visit the Sony showroom for a glimpse of the latest techno gadgets being developed or watch the giants tumble at a sumo training centre. There will also be time to take a stroll through the city's picture-perfect gardens. And when night hits, catch a baseball game or belt out a few numbers at karaoke's birthplace. With Japanese culture reserving a healthy respect for the inner child in everyone, there'll be no shortage of activities vying for attention.
ACCOM: Hotel - 4
Days 5-6 Hakone
Leave the fast-paced city behind with a train ride to Hakone. Take advantage of the area’s hot springs and enjoy incredible views of Mt Fuji as this iconic mountain takes over the skyline. Spend the next day exploring the area, including a cable car ride, a boat cruise across Lake Ashi and a visit to the volcanic valley of Owakudani. Learn to write your name in calligraphy during a fun arts lesson then step back in time with a night in a Japanese-style inn. Enjoy a traditional home-cooked meal.
ACCOM: Ryokan - 2
Days 7-11 Kyoto
Spend the day soaking up Kyoto’s charming mix of past and present. Japan’s one-time capital, this pretty city is a cultural treasure-trove of temples and gardens, and a lovely place to enjoy both on foot and by bike. Join a cooking lesson for a fitting finale to an enchanting family holiday – one that has been a total feast for the senses.
ACCOM: Hotel - 4
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